I was also invited back for another visit the 125th Vancouver Brownies (Renfrew District) for an evening to talk about PADS and my future as a service dog. This was a follow up to the visit from when I was 3 months old. The girls and the leaders had so many questions, thought I had grown up so much, and loved seeing all the new cues and behaviours I had been working on in the last 10 months. At the end, I successfully stayed in a duration down for all kinds of pats and even gave some gentle emotional support that allowed the girls that were nervous of dogs to come up and touch me.
My raisers sometimes send me with these other hoomans, where I have all kinds of new adventures. I was with a sitter for almost a week and a half in November. Not only does this give me exposure to other hoomans asking me to do that same things my raisers ask (why do I have to do a duration down during a theatre performance, when there are so many interesting things to observe?), but I also get to be exposed to new situations and can have some dedicated time perfecting my cues. After coming home from the sitters, I finally am on my way to perfecting getting out of the car without pulling to the end of the leash. Apparently, my raisers were thrilled another skill is on cue!